PCB confirms West Indies tour in March 2002

Published: Friday, December 7, 2001, 2:02 [IST]
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Islamabad: After suffering heavy losses during cancellation of tours by three countries due to political and security concerns, the cricket-starved Pakistan has finally succeeded in convincing the West Indies to confirm its team's tour March 2002.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which is reported to have suffered a loss of over $ 20 million due to cancellation of tours by India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in recent months, announced in Islamabad on Thursday that West Indies Board had finally confirmed the tour which included three Test matches and three One-day Internationals. The West Indies agreed to the tour only after PCB gave them a written assurance that conditions were conducive to play an international series, Board officials said. Previously PCB entertained the idea of jointly hosting an India-West Indies-Pakistan the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during the West Indies tour. But the idea appears to have been dropped in light of India's decision to pull out of Asian Test Championships (ATC) in September this year. PCB is, however, hopeful that India would review its decision to not play Pakistan and accept the invitation of the Board to take part in a tri-series involving the three countries in Dhaka in January-February 2002. The confirmation of West Indian tour is an achievement of sorts for PCB, as it has not hosted any major tournament since England toured the country in 2000.

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